Jesus healed people on the Sabbath. Since there’s no prohibition against actually loving people and doing good on that day, Jesus didn’t violate God’s law. He did, however, go against the religious leaders’ hypocritical man-made rules and traditions and threatened their authority. So, they began to persecute him.
Here’s what Jesus said about that:
In his defense, Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.”
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
Who exactly is Jesus?
Jesus makes it clear: he’s the Father’s Son. He’s always at the Father’s work of loving and bringing life to this dark world in a truly amazing way.
What exactly should we do?
Jesus makes that clear as well: honor him. If we do, we honor the Father. If we don’t, we don’t.